Driving changes in financial services with actionable analytics

This article first appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of OnWindows magazine. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the opportunity to announce the Cortana Analytics Suite – a package of big data and advanced analytics technologies – during the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference opening keynote in July. The suite, which brings together a host of machine learning, big data storage and processing capabilities behind the likes of Cortana, Bing and so on, will soon be available as a monthly subscription service for businesses. In essence, the service will enable businesses to analyse their operations, predict future outcomes using machine learning algorithms, improve their decision-making processes with proactive alerting and recommendations, and simplify and automate decision-making when dealing with complex problems. And because the suite integrates with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant,…


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